PRINCE GEORGE — Prince George-Valemount MLA, Shirley Bond is expressing concerns over Premier John Horgan’s decision to eliminate the tolls on the Port Mann and Golden Ears Bridges.
“The concern that I have today is actually related to how the tolls are now going to be paid for,” says Shirley Bond. “The Premier has indicated he’s going to transfer the debt to taxpayer-supported debt. I don’t know what that does today to British Columbian’s bottom line, but that’s my job to figure it out.”
Horgan says the elimination will be effective September 1st and will save Lower Mainland families $1,500 a year. But Bond questions Horgan’s selective view on who will benefit from eliminating the tolls.
“We need to make sure that, when you have a government in Victoria, they recognize that it’s a big province, that there are those of us who live in the North and the Interior who have views and who are also part of the area that generates the vast majority of revenue that drives the economy in British Columbia and we need remind the government about that. I will be doing that very shortly as the Legislature is re-convened in just a week or so.”
The elimination of the tolls was a campaign promise by the BC NDP, but it is even getting some flack from Green Leader Andrew Weaver, who says the policy is “reckless” because it adds bridge debt to the province, leaving less to spend on social programs.
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